Placement of buttons on a band is another
counting exercise. The buttonholes will usually be worked on the
middle row or centre stitches of a knitted-on or a separately worked
and attached band. Place the first buttonhole at least a button
width away from the hem edge [pic 13].
13: A knitted on band has buttonholes
worked on the centre row. Place first buttonhole at least a button
width from the hem. Evenly space other buttonholes.
Make sure that the subsequent buttonholes
are evenly spaced. Place the top buttonhole close to the centre of a
corner if you have made a cardigan or jacket with a round neck [pic
14: On a round neck with a mitred
corner, place top buttonhole as near to the edge as possible. The
corners of the neck will flop over if the buttonhole is too low.
If the buttonhole is too low, the ends of
the corners at the neck will flop Some knitters fix this by
attaching a hook and eye. Bad mistake. A hook is death to knitted
stitches. If you really want to keep the neck together, use a press
stud or snap.
The top button on a V neck garment should be at the point of the V
15: On a V neck, place the buttonhole at the start of
the V shape.
If you have to juggle the numbers to place
the buttonholes perfectly, adjust the length between the hem and the
first buttonhole, as long as the buttonhole is not at the very edge
of the hem end of the band.
Although it would seem to be a lot of extra
effort, mark the position of the buttons, counting the stitches to
correspond to the placement of the buttonholes. It is hard to count
the number of stitches from button to button when the previous
button has been attached [pic 16].
16: Mark the position of the buttons
matching the buttonholes.
A female wearer has buttonholes on the left
side of a garment, a male wearer has buttonholes on the right. Of
course, if you are wearing the garment, rather than looking at it,
then it is the right hand side for a female, the left hand side for
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